Pre & Post-Natal Teacher Training:

with Nicky Poole, Jenifer Helland & Michelle Fraser - January 24 - 26 & January 31 - February 2, 2020


The Sacred Flow of Pregnancy, Birth and Parenthood

Learn how to support women through mindful, evidence-based yoga practices for pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Nicky Poole is a highly sought after Pre- and Post- Natal specialist in Toronto who facilitates trainings that weave together science and soul. This training is essential for any yoga teacher or movement specialist who works with women and wants to learn how to hold space in a compassionate and educated way.

This training is supported and co-taught by Michelle Fraser, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, and Jennifer Helland, Yoga teacher and Holistic Nutritionist.

Who will benefit from this training?

Anyone who teaches and works with women at any stage of their life cycle will benefit from the knowledge shared in this program. This training is open to movement and yoga teachers who have completed a 200-hour certification, body therapists, birth professionals and people interested in supporting women through this special time in their lives.

What skills will I learn during the program?

  • The syllabus is integrative in its focus and includes optimal alignment in yoga postures, changes to the body systems during pregnancy, labour and delivery, specific therapeutic and strengthening movement techniques, adaptive yoga techniques, breathing tools, trauma-sensitive practices, energetic alignment and embodiment, anatomy, nutrition, and meditation techniques for birth preparation and labour.
  • Clinical insights from specialists in Pelvic Floor physiotherapy and Holistic Nutrition about changes during pregnancy, labour and beyond.
  • Practical communication and teaching skills with detailed and clear feedback from classmates and teachers. These include student-led presentations, and teaching practice designed to build your confidence and find your most effective teaching style.
  • How to access the most up to date scientific research on pregnancy, birth, and movement to deliver accurate information to your clients. Learn to develop critical thinking about pregnancy and birth.
  • Develop a referral network of professionals to assist you in providing holistic and integrative treatment to pregnant women and clearly understand your scope of practice as a movement teacher.

Weekend One: January 24-26 with Nicky Poole and Michelle Fraser
18 contact hours (Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 6pm)

  • Pregnancy and birth through different cultural, social and historical lenses
  • Changes to the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, hormonal system in pregnancy.
  • The female pelvic floor (with Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Michelle Fraser)
  • Exercise guidelines for pregnancy
  • Adapting regular classes for pregnant students
  • Sun salutations for pregnancy
  • Modifications, enhancements, and contraindications for basic yoga postures through the trimesters
  • Pregnancy-specific strengthening and mobility exercises
  • Sequencing an effective and soulful pre-natal yoga class

Weekend Two: January 31 – February 2 with Nicky Poole and Jennifer Helland
18 contact hours (Friday 5 – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 6pm)

  • The labour and birth process
  • The post-natal period through a cross-cultural lens
  • Using yoga techniques to remedy common post-natal conditions: diastasis recti,prolapse, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, joint pain, and mood
  • Nutritional support for new mothers
  • Core strengthening movements for post-natal period
  • Sequencing post-natal classes, including parent and baby classes
  • Restorative yoga, self-massage, and meditation for mothers
  • Business development for the pre and post natal specialist

Homework and Case Study

  • Read two texts: Preparing for a Gentle Birth and Diastasis Recti (6 hours)
  • Listen to two podcasts with Nicky Poole and Dr Sinead DuFour (2 hours)
  • Read two texts and prepare a one page summary of a key point, you can distribute in natal classes (6 hours

A certificate of completion for 50 hours will be issued following satisfactory completion of all parts of the course. Homework and class observations are due by 4pm Sunday March, 29.

Course Reading Material

A comprehensive Octopus Garden manual will be provided. In addition, we ask you to read
“Preparing for a Gentle Birth” by Blandine Calais-Germain and Nuria Vives Pares and
“Diastasis Recti” by Katy Bowman which will also form the basis of your written review.


  • Times and Dates: January 24, 25 and 26. January 31, February 1, 2. Friday 5:00-9:00pm; Saturday/Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm


$895 (HST) Early Bird Pricing $845 before December 15th (if paid in full)
$100 discount for current Octopus Garden staff, graduates of any OG 200 or 300 program (only for full program registration and not combined with earlybird)

$450 (
HST) for each individual weekend (or $425 early bird before December 15 for students who have completed modules prior to 2020).
Deposit $400 (+HST) to book your space. Deposit is non refundable. Balance is due before the start of the program. You can pay in person, at our front desk, or by phone at 416-515-8885

Tuition includes:

Unlimited Drop in classes from January 1 – February 28th, 2020.
Comprehensive manual